New Chair for Design Competition

CEO Judith Kennedy announced today that Nicola Rennie LLM has accepted the appointment as Chair of Australia’s Wine Label Design Competition 2014. Nicola is bringing strength to the project with an enormous passion for wine design demonstrated by her outstanding blog vinology.org and retail site vinology.com.au. Combining a background in law with an eye for…

Young Sommelier of the Year Announced

La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs announced that Jarrod Mills from Est Restaurant wins Australian Young Sommeliers Competition 2013 Jarrod Mills will be heading to Washington DC to represent Australia at the La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs (La Chaîne) International Young Sommeliers’ competition on 19 October. John Studdert, Echanson d’Australie (L) pictured here with Jarrod. Jarrod won this…

Champions for the Master Class

  Master Class Australia Vs the USA Monday 26 August. Fix St James 4pm – 6pm. Here is the list of Dan Berger’s wines he has chosen for the Master Class where he will show this selection against Huon Hooke’s (Image)  selection from the same classes. These are selected from the wines in the 6…

50 Years of Folly

Judith Kennedy went to visit the winery and found the caricature of Max Lake complete with toga, a tempting ‘Kodak moment’. Lake’s folly winemaker Rodney Kempe has agreed to enter their Chardonnay into the 6 Nations Wine Challenge this year. Their philosophy of not entering shows has not been broken due to this being a…

Battle of Bosworth joins the Fight!

One of the first Australian wines to enter the Six Nations Wine Challenge this year is McLaren Vale’s Battle of Bosworth. They have entered one of their red wines (Huon Hooke’s choice) hoping to take on the Americans, Chileans, Argentineans, New Zealanders and the South Africans for a trophy. The judging is in Sydney during…

Recognising a Great Burgundy

Master of Wine Bob Campbell in fine form at the Five Nations Wine Challenge trophy dinner in Singapore in 2012.  Bob tells a joke during his speech where he describes the orgasmic benefits of a Great Burgundy. Watch  

Fortified Wins the DESIGN Competition

Fortis et Astutus is the Potts’ family motto, translated to read “Bold and Crafty”.  This is the brand on the beautiful bottle judged by 12 industry members as Australia’s Best Wine Bottle taking the $5000 CCL Clear Image production prize. The Managing Director Peter Perrin left the Langhorne Creek property yesterday and came into Sydney…

Sing Along with Frog Choir

Boutique Wineries in Margaret River are entering their wines into the Boutique Wine Awards in large numbers this year. Frog Choir is the latest to apply to have their wines judged by Huon Hooke’s teams of judges in July. They say that their philosophy is simple however this attention to terroir is not always easily…

The ‘Swan’ Looks for Awards Recognition

Entries are coming in from all over Australia and New Zealand now for the 18th year of the Boutique Wine Awards. Mandoon Estate, Swan Valley WA is one of the latest entrants and we found their story an interesting one. Judith Kennedy our CEO remembers: “When I was a school kid in the 60’s my…

Cheese Touched by Magic !

That’s what they say of Whitestone Cheeses and you can share in the magic at the grand wine and food tasting when the 600 Six Nations Wines are available to the public on 3 October at Dolton House.        Booking form In the limestone country of the central South Island, New Zealand, there…